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Mobiles most popular way to access the internet

The Communications Report 2016-17 of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was tabled in Parliament on 8 December.

The ACMA’s report to the Minister for Communications provides an overview of the industry’s performance against key regulatory obligations and standards.

The report found that mobile phones are the most popular and frequently used device for internet access and that the trend towards mobile-only communications continues with 6.67 million Australian adults having only a mobile phone and no fixed-line telephone at home.

Nerida O’Loughlin, Chair of the ACMA, noted that,

“We are downloading, consuming and creating more data and content than ever before. We are also communicating in ways that we couldn’t have predicted a decade—or even five years—ago.”

And,

“‘Where demand leads, investment follows. Mobile operators, for example, announced plans for billion dollar improvements to Australia’s 4G network in 2016–17, paving the way for more data-intensive activities over mobile,”  Ms O’Loughlin added.

 Chris Althaus, AMTA CEO reflected in AMTA’s annual report that,

“While 4G and its own evolutionary path will continue to evolve to meet market needs, the integration of 5G technology will further enhance the role of mobile telecommunications as a driver and enabler of productivity and connectivity throughout the Australian economy.”

The ACMA report also noted that mobile services in operation (voice and data) numbered 33.64 million in June 2017 which was a 3% increase on June 2016.

Mobile network operators reported 4G network coverage that is now in the range of 96-99% of the Australian population.

You can download the full report from the ACMA website here.

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